Tyrell Malacia hoping to emulate and surpass Manchester United legend
New signing Tyrell Malacia is hoping to emulate and surpass Manchester United legend Patrice Evra during his time at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old left-back has become Erik ten Hag’s first signing after the Red Devils paid an initial £13m to sign the five-time Netherlands international from Dutch giants Feyenoord.
After completing the second part of his medical at the club’s training complex in Carrington, Malacia was officially unveiled as the first arrival of the Ten Hag era.
At the 11th hour, the Reds hijacked Lyon’s deal to sign Malacia who looked to be heading for France before United intervened at Ten Hag’s request.
Having come through the Feyenoord academy, Malacia went on to make 136 appearances for his boyhood club, who have posted an emotional tribute to their former star, and won two cups with the Rotterdam-based side.
Tyrell Malacia hoping to emulate Patrice Evra
Malacia arrives at Old Trafford with the motive of becoming Ten Hag’s first-choice left-back.
Having impressed the former Ajax manager first-hand during their battles together in Holland, Malacia will fancy his chances of ousting the likes of Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and Alvaro Fernandez.
With Malacia set to form part of United’s Tour 22 travelling part that departs for Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, the Dutchman will be hoping to impress in pre-season.
In an interview with the club’s official website, United’s new signing was asked whether there were any former players that he admired when growing up.
Malacia said: “Yes, Patrice Evra. I love his style. Everything is fast, energetic.”
When asked whether he was inspired by what the Frenchman achieved during his trophy-filled time at Old Trafford, Malacia produced an emphatic response which will delight Manchester United fans and also showcased his winning mentality and strong character.
He added: “I want to do even better (than Evra). I know it’s going to be difficult, but I set the bar high for myself. It’s what I want.”
During Evra’s eight-and-a-half years with the Red Devils following his arrival from Monaco, the Frenchman won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, Champions League and Club World Championship under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Before moving to Juventus after a season under David Moyes – Evra made 378 appearances for Manchester United.
The 81-time Les Bleus international was a vital part of Sir Alex’s side, defensively resolute and with a desire to bomb forward and be a constant attacking outlet, Evra established himself as one of the best left-backs in Premier League history.
It’s encouraging to hear that Malacia not only wants to match but surpass what Evra achieved at Manchester United.
If he can replicate the impact the Frenchman had at Old Trafford then Malacia could also write himself in the Manchester United history books.